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Breaking news: Jury in priest sex abuse trial says it can't decide

The jury in the priest sex ab­use tri­al in Phil­adelphia sent a note to the judge this morn­ing telling her that it had reached one ver­dict, but was a hung jury on all oth­er charges.

 Com­mon Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told the jury to go back in­to de­lib­er­a­tions and try some more. She also told the jur­ors, who have been de­lib­er­at­ing for 12 days, that they should let her know if there was any­thing the court could do to help them achieve a ver­dict on oth­er charges.

 Monsignor Wil­li­am Lynn, 61, is ac­cused of one count of con­spir­acy and two counts of en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of chil­dren. The Rev. James Bren­nan is ac­cused of one count of at­temp­ted rape of a sub­urb­an teen­age boy and one count of en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of chil­dren.Lynn served as sec­ret­ary for clergy for the Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia from 1992 to 2004. He is the first church ad­min­is­trat­or in the na­tion to stand tri­al in con­nec­tion with the sex ab­use scan­dal.

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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